The Department of Religious Studies offers courses which chronicle and analyze religion as text, ritual, people, place, service, institution, organized structure, and revelation.
Cabrini's Religious Studies Department is particularly strong in its course offerings and research opportunities for work in American religion and American Roman Catholicism. Both full-time faculty members are scholars of American religion with specific concentration in American Catholic history and ethnography.
Students who major in religious studies work closely with the faculty throughout their program, and in their senior year, students complete a major capstone course that involves independent reading, research, and writing about a project of their choice. This project will show a mastery of a specific subject area, as well as methodological rigor in the study of religion. The department offers a general major, a secondary education concentration, and three minors: a general minor, a minor in religious studies for education majors, and a social justice minor.
The social justice minor is an independent interdisciplinary program administered by religious studies faculty. It creates a curricular structure for the student exploration of the tradition of advocacy and empowerment found in the Christian tradition, the Roman Catholic faith, and the American democratic heritage which serves individuals and communities suffering from a multitude of forms of social and institutional injustice including poverty, intolerance, and the lack of basic freedoms.